Grado at Christmas time is very popular for people who want to experience the Christmas holidays in a unique atmosphere! The Island of the Sun in itself is already wonderful: it has a large pedestrianised centre and an old town centre with lots of shops, bars and a characteristic Y-shaped harbour. During the Christmas period, however, the small fishing village is transformed into the 'Island of Christmas', thanks to the lights, markets and numerous events that the municipality organises every year.
The most eagerly awaited event is undoubtedly the Exhibition of Nativity Scenes, which has become a tradition shared with Aquileia and Terzo di Aquileia. Over 200 interpretations of the Nativity, from December to January, can be seen among the calli and campielli of the island's historic centre and along the streets of Fossalon and Boscat. Not to be missed, then, is the floating nativity scene with its casone, set up in Mandracchio harbour. Every weekend the Municipality of Grado organises guided tours of the nativity scenes accompanied by pipers.
There are also many events, music and entertainment with various shows organised by the municipal administration, all with a Christmas theme.
Finally, there is a very characteristic event at the Mandracchio harbour: every year from 5 p.m. on 5 January, the terrifying Varvuole (witches of the sea) arrive at the harbour to ward off negativity and help, with their strength and energy, to get the new year off to a positive start.